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Senior Strategic Sourcing Specialist

Our client is looking for a Strategic Sourcing Specialist to join their Cork team on a fulltime permanent contract. The successful candidate would be responsible for developing and executing optimal commodity & sourcing strategies. Establish & enhance Supplier relationships to drive sourcing & supplier initiatives to meet or exceed product quality, service & deliver sustainable cost reductions, while reducing or mitigating risk in the Supply Chain.

Key Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement Category Strategies in applicable sourcing categories that results in a sustainable competitive advantage.

  • Manage strategic supplier relationships in line with the Category Strategy and understands the strategic differentiators for each supplier.

  • Promote and work towards balanced continuous (year-on-year) value improvement for all aspects of quality, service, and cost with assigned supply base. Manage supplier performance and identifies Value Improvement Program's to improve TCO accordingly.

  • Negotiate value improvements and manages optimal supplier contracts.

  • Assist in the Supplier Segmentation activities and develop capability roadmaps with Supplier Engineering and Category Management as part of the Category Strategy.

  • Interact with Site Operational Procurement Teams.

  • Own annual part cost/budget process for assigned suppliers & crisis/issue resolution. Promote early supplier involvement in New Product Development (for Strategic Suppliers) to achieve development performance goals, support project timelines, and manage product cost.

  • Gather Market Intelligence and analyze trends for your Category and Sub-Category (Raw Material cost fluctuations, Inflation impact, geopolitical challenges to Supply).

  • Guide respective internal leads through a holistic & systematic category approach to material & supplier selection and management.

  • Identify all suitable suppliers for your Category and region utilising RFX process & develop a comprehensive knowledge database for your suppliers.

  • Collaborate with Supplier Engineering to develop “Should-Cost Models” for major sub-categories.

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.

  • Minimum of 5 years Strategic Procurement (Sourcing) and Supplier Relationship Management Experience in a manufacturing environment. Medical Device experience is an advantage.

  • MBA preferred.

For a confidential discussion and more information on the role, please contact Jessica Kennedy